In the Media
UN-REDD partner countries highlight their needs in different phases of REDD+
July 19, 2012
During a recent workshop in Colombia, UN-REDD Programme partner countries underscored their need to bolster technical capacities in various stages of REDD+ readiness and implementation.
On 26 June in Santa Marta, Colombia, the UN-REDD Programme and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) hosted a workshop to present the preliminary findings of a global country needs assessment. During the workshop, the preliminary findings were discussed by more than 20 partner countries along with representatives from civil society, Indigenous Peoples, REDD+ experts and other stakeholders. The workshop provided a valuable opportunity for the FCPF and UN-REDD Programme to hear directly from countries about the kind of support they now require to move ahead with REDD+ readiness and implementation.
A message from participants was that countries need more support to strengthen national technical capacities across the wide range of work areas related to REDD+ implementation. From setting up REDD+ forest systems for measurement, reporting, verification and monitoring to effective stakeholder engagement, countries underscored the importance of support to governance, benefit sharing and REDD+ strategy options. Participants also suggested that the assessment be refined to better capture the different needs among them, and requested that the assessment be expanded to include some comparisons and analysis of countries at the same stage of readiness and implementation efforts. Comments were also shared with the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat in writing after the workshop.
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Keywords: Asia, Colombia, FCPF, indigenous people, Latin America, Readiness, redd readiness, UN REDD, UN REDD Programme